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#1 Matt O OFFLINE  

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Posted December 01, 2013 - 08:39 PM

Since my last post, I have been extremely busy. Figured today was a good time to give an update since  I got a tractor today that I need help with. I'll give my last four months in order. in august, I purchased a John Deere G100 with bagger and aerator and also received a free Toro wheel horse 12-32xl with the purchase. both tractors ran when I got them so that was kinda boring! That same week, I decided to start working on my 312-8 wheel horse. I tore it down completely and restored it and even put brand new tires on the rear. I went with 23x10.5-12 Carlisle Tru power tires, I personally think these are the best AG tires for garden tractor and look awesome on it. while working on the wheel horse, I came across a Springfield 36 locally and bought it. That tractor needs a ton of work but will be totally worth the effort when I get to finish that one! I in October, I found a Kubota L3600 for sale that needed a new cylinder head and it would be good to go. me and my dad went half's on it and we took the head to a friend who fixed it so we wouldn't have to buy a new one. back to the wheel horse, my deadline to have that tractor done was Halloween so it would be ready for our party. that deadline got tight when I ran to Rhode Island to buy a Case 150 I found on craigslist. the case needs the chassis welded but other than that it is ready for winter because it came with a plow for snow. the good news is I finished the wheel horse on time and was a major hit at the party! This is where the problem arises, Today I picked up a John Deere 430 tractor. The man who owned before had nothing but problems with it, says it ran sometimes and others wouldn't start. he removed the starter solenoid but didn't remember why he did that( older gentleman, about 90 years old). anyways, I got it home and noticed many wires have been cut and some are bare and some go nowhere. So What I need is help with the wiring. Just wondering if someone may have a wiring diagram to this tractor and any input as to what to look for on this tractor would be greatly appreciated. and also, we got the Kubota running today and it runs like brand new! Yup, I've been busy!

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Edited by Matt O, December 01, 2013 - 08:52 PM.

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Posted December 01, 2013 - 08:45 PM

Here is the wheel horse before, during, and after.

 I had my grandfather paint the hood and fenders, but everything else I did myself. I even added some custom gold pin striping on the hood and on the rear of the fenders!

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Edited by Matt O, December 01, 2013 - 08:47 PM.

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Posted December 01, 2013 - 08:48 PM

Thanks for the pics. I'm really liking that springfield tractor. Gonna be a great piece when you get it done  :thumbs:


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Posted December 01, 2013 - 08:51 PM

Here is the john Deere that I picked up today. It needs a lot of work cosmetically to the hood but overall it is in nice shape. The tractor even has only 1600 hours on it(if the hour meter works). I just need some advice with this tractor and looking to find a wiring diagram.

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Posted December 01, 2013 - 08:54 PM

Matt, I have a service manual for the 430 tractors that I can share with you. If you want to send me your address I can help. You can e-mail me if you want
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Posted December 01, 2013 - 08:59 PM

Wow you have been busy.   untitled sman.png Even Superhero's take a break!


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Posted December 01, 2013 - 09:02 PM

Matt.
glad you are back online. Good to hear youve been busy.

Nice finds you have there. :thumbs:
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Posted December 02, 2013 - 02:40 AM

Welcome back to the game. You best start explaining your Springfield there. I can see it s either a 1961 or 1962 model with the wrong engine and gas tank, but excellent hood ornament, which are commonly gone. I want detail pics of that front bracketry, it has me confused. Oh, by the way, you used way too many straps on the Springfield to keep it put lol. I usually throw 2 to 3 on mine lol.
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Posted December 02, 2013 - 06:51 AM

Yah, Its a 196? Springfield 36. As far as the engine goes, at first I thought it was correct and electric start was just added to it. But as I get deeper into tearing the tractor down, I have noticed many things that's not right as well as the engine. I need to find the correct engine somewhere but waiting for swap meets next year! Now the front bracketry! ,  the previous owner rigged up brackets so he could use a Jacobsen Chief plow on the tractor. he slipped the plow between the front brackets as the main support and if you look close at the pics, you can see he welded many other odds and ends in order to use the plow. here's some better pics.

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Posted December 02, 2013 - 07:07 AM

Wow, you have been busy. You did a nice job on the WH, and really got a nice 430.


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Posted December 02, 2013 - 07:56 PM

Matt, thanks for the pics, i cant recall who, but someone in the NE on this forum has only one fender as well, mabey one of you can get the other fender lol. Lots of potential in that little SF and as for correct engine, i can provide an engine model number later on if you want. I almost have the number on the top of my brain lately lol.
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Posted December 02, 2013 - 07:59 PM

By the way, look for a metal tag on the bolts that hold the seat spring to the chassis as that is where you will learn the exact year.
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Posted December 03, 2013 - 05:51 PM

I looked for the tag but the previous owner removed it to install his own special hitch! lol

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Posted December 03, 2013 - 08:47 PM

Well, the 61 and 62 is the same. I parted out a 61 and probably will not redo it ever. And if i do it wont be original. I think it had a tag on it. I will check it out.
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Posted May 04, 2015 - 02:25 AM

Matt, you have a 1962 for certain. By the way, making any progress on this Springfield? I keep thinking about your one fender issue, as I have a similar issue on one of my Springfields too....




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